Five Films About Powerful Innovators

From Howard Hughes and Steve Jobs, to Daniel Painview and Jaque Fresco, films can help us discover stories of real life innovators and disruptors. Here are five of our favorite films of powerful innovators:

1) The Social Network (2010)

The world we know was forever changed when Facebook took the world by storm in 2004, at first only available to students and later made available to the general public. Our social lives will never be quite the same. In fact our personal privacy is constantly under scrutiny and subject to change. David Fincher explores the rise of Mark Zuckerberg, the world’s youngest billionaire, and his pretty well-known social network.

2) The Aviator (2004)

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Martin Scorsese’s biopic about the legendary aerospace engineer and film producer Howard Hughes. Hughes set many records in aviation, suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder, and found solace in the likes of Ava Gardner and Catherine Hepburn.

3) There Will Be Blood (2007)

Daniel Day Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, a prospector who starts an oil drilling company in the early 1900’s, and we watch as this man systematically builds an empire based on fossil fuels, cementing our dependence on the stuff for the next century. Released in 2007, There Will Be Blood sky rocketed to many critics Top Ten lists.

4) Future By Design (2006)

If I could sit down with absolutely anyone I wanted to and talk for hours and hours over coffee, it would be Jacque Fresco. Entirely self taught and an icon and thinker far beyond his time, Fresco is renowned for his futuristic designs of cities, robotics, energy efficiency and sustainability. You can find this documentary on Netflix.

5) Untitled Steve Jobs Film

Yes, I know Ashton Kutcher is portraying Apple’s late CEO and Founder in this years film tentatively titled jOBS, however, Aaron Sorkin has been reported to be working on a script about the world’s most charismatic entrepreneur and sometimes hothead of a boss. Definitely a film to be on the look out for.

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